Our country currently faces three major challenges: rebuilding the economy, addressing the climate crisis, and rectifying racial injustices. Building local solar to serve 30 million homes — the equivalent of one in four American households — can help us solve all three. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is excited to be co-leading the 30 Million Solar Homes effort with Solar United Neighbors and the Initiative for Energy Justice.
The 30 Million Solar Homes campaign aims to rapidly deploy rooftop and community solar in urban and rural communities across the country, with the majority of investment benefiting low- and moderate-income households, environmental justice communities, and solar deserts. This would save American families of all colors billions in annual energy costs, create millions of good-paying jobs, and significantly reduce carbon emissions and other air pollutants.
Here’s how the Biden Administration and Congress could make this plan a reality:
- Convert the current solar tax credit to a cash grant.
- Expand “Pay As You Save” on-bill solar and energy efficiency financing.
- Provide loan guarantees, block-grants to states, and subsidized financing for solar.
- Coordinate with energy efficiency programs to further reduce and stabilize energy bills.
- Support community solar projects for people who rent, or whose homes are unsuitable for rooftop solar.
Organizations can become partners in the 30 Million Solar Homes effort here. Individuals can sign a petition to show their support to Congress here.
Learn more and discover how you can get involved at 30millionsolarhomes.org.
Watch the Launch
The national launch of this campaign took place on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021.
- Anya Schoolman, Executive Director, Solar United Neighbors
- John Farrell, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Director, Energy Democracy Initiative
- Subin DeVar, Co-founder and Director, Initiative for Energy Justice